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An order denying class certification, in an action for injunctive relief alleging payment of lower benefits and charging of higher premiums to blacks in sale of low-value life insurance, is reversed based on Allison v. Citgo Petro. Co., 151 F.3d 402 (5th Cir. 1998). (Republished opinion)

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/13/2003
  • Published 04/02/2004


  • JERRY E. SMITH, Circuit Judge:, Before SMITH, DENNIS and CLEMENT, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Gerald Edward Meunier,Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, Stephen B. Murray, Murray Law Firm, New Orleans, LA, Joe R. Whatley, Jr., Birmingham, AL, for Plaintiff-Appellant., Bob F. Wright, James Parkerson Roy, Donald Ray Cravins, Jr., Domengeaux, Wright, Roy & Edwards, Lafayette, LA, John J. Stoia, Jr., JoBeth Halper, Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach, San Diago, CA, Sanford Svetcov, Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach, San Francisco, CA, Melvin I. Weiss, Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach, Boca Raton, FL, for Plaintiff-Appellant., Andrew S. Friedman, Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, Phoenix, AZ, for John Bratcher, Mattie Bratcher, Caroline Brown, Mildred Buford, Maxine Cash and Mary Sue Truesdale., Herman Watson, Jr., Watson, Jimmerson, Givhan, Martin & McKinney, Huntsville, AL, for John Bratcher and Mattie Bratcher., Linda Ibach Shaunessy, Asst. Atty. Gen., Jeffrey Monroe Graham, Austin, TX, for State of Texas and Texas Department of Insurance, Amici Curiae., Joel Feldman, Jeffrey E. Crane, Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood, Chicago, IL, Stephen H. Kupperman, Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans, LA, for Monumental Life Insurance Co., Andrew Jan Mytelka, Steven Carl Windsor, Greer, Herz & Adams, Galveston, TX, Anthony Joseph Rollo, Jr., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans, LA, for American National Insurance Co., Thomas A. Casey, Jr., Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, New Orleans, LA, Joseph S. Piacun, Metairie, LA, for Western and Southern Life Insurance Co., Even M. Tager, Craig W. Canetti, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, Victoria E. Fimea, American Council of Life Insurers, Washington, DC, for American Council of Life Insurers, Amicus Curiae., Scott J. Cipinko, Life Insurers Council, Atlanta, GA, for Life Insurers Council, Amicus Curiae., Norman J. Chachkin, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, New York City, for NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Amicus Curiae., Donald J. Russell, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orsek & Untereiner, Washington, DC, for Chamber of Commerce of The United States, Amicus Curiae.